“For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.” – Ephesians 5:25-26 New Living Translation
Husbands like to focus on Ephesians 5:22-24 where it states that wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands need to focus on verses 25 & 26 that give them instructions regarding their treatment of wives. Men should not rule over their wives in a restrictive sense, they themselves should do some submitting … to God. The husband who follows this marriage template should find their wives more than willing to submit to their leadership.
A husband should be willing to sacrifice everything for his wife’s well being, making it of prime importance. He should love & care for her as he cares for himself. Christ loved the Church enough to die for it. Husbands need to be willing to lay their own life down for their wives. Marriage should not be considered a practical necessity or a cure for lust; it should be a sacred & holy union before Almighty God. Divorce has reached epidemic proportions. It seems there aren’t a whole lot of people willing to live out their vows anymore, which makes marriage a mockery.
Marriage may be a lot of things to a lot of people, but in reality it is a symbol of Christ and his church with the man representing Christ and the woman representing the church. As men we are to love our wives, unconditionally, sacrificially & without hesitation, as God loves us. Women are to love, honor and respect their husbands as they are to love God, submitting to his will. When two people truly love God they respect his word & respect their partner. Trials will arise, but there is nothing that cannot be overcome by the loving power of Christ. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.